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Corps Conducts Geotechnical Analysis on Rio Grande Levee

first_imgThe United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has hired experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct geotechnical investigations on the U.S. Rio Grande flood control levee near Brownsville, Texas.The USIBWC requested the work after cracks were detected this spring in a part of the levee located 80-100 feet from the Rio Grande. The cracks pose no immediate flood risk at current river levels and are considered safe under conditions similar to the 2010 flood.During that flood, the worst in 43 years, floodwaters did not reach the affected levee segment.The cracks, which are primarily located at or near the top part of the levee, run generally parallel to the river within an 800 foot segment near the Gateway International Bridge. The deep cracks are several inches wide in some locations. USIBWC discovered the cracks during a routine levee inspection. Other cracks have been noted in the floodplain along the river and on a nearby service road.The Corps personnel conducted an initial site visit June 30 – July 3 and began detailed geotechnical investigations at the end of July. The investigations are intended to determine the cause of the cracking and, if necessary, develop possible repair solutions.The Corps is scheduled to complete its investigations and make preliminary recommendations by October.[mappress]Press Release, August 13, 2014last_img read more


Maersk CEO: 2016 Needs Better Freight Rates

first_imgThe container shipping industry needs better freight rates so as to be able to recover, CEO of Maersk Group Nils S. Andersen said today commenting on the release of the group’s interim results for the third quarter of 2015 and changing of outlook for business results amid weaker market.Particularly, as indicated by the group, the container shipping market deteriorated beyond the group’s expectations especially in the latter part of Q3 and October and there seem to be no signs of recovery by the end of the year.As a result, Maersk’s preliminary result for Q3 stood at USD 778 mill. with an underlying result of USD 662 mill. The preliminary result for the first nine months is USD 3,436 mill. with an underlying result of USD 3,080 mill.What is more, Maersk adjusted its expectations for the 2015 result, which was expected to reach around USD 4 bn. based on contribution from Maersk Line which was projected to be above USD 2.2 bn. The new outlook has been cut to around USD 3.4 bn. as Maersk Line’s results are expected to be slashed for over half a billion, reaching around USD 1.6 bn.“In terms of the contract base, of course this is unfortunate, because the low rates coincide with  the renegotiation of contracts. I would, however, like to say that this is not the first time we have experienced that, so I wouldn’t overemphasize its importance. It is an irritant, but we will have to overcome it. Of course, the industry needs better rates for 2016,” said Andersen, commenting on the impact of the freight rates.When asked about rates for 2016 and a shift toward spot rates, in addition to potential levers to address this kind of environment, Andersen said that a greater movement toward spot rates is being considered.“We have taken some steps also to reduce our contract coverage a bit. Hence, if the present rate level means that we can’t get contracts that are profitable we will, per se, get a situation where we are more on spot. But it is still early days and we will have to see how things develop,” he added.In Q3 Maersk Line’s average freight rate amounted to 2,163 USD/FFE (2,679 USD/FFE in Q3 2014) and the company carried 2,427,000 FFE (2,401,000 FFE in Q3 2014), lower than expected.The group’s sensitivity guidance for the last six months of 2015 states that the drop in freight rates of 100 USD/FFE will impact Maersk Line’s result negatively by around USD 0.5 bn. and that a volume reduction of 100,000 FFE will see Maersk Line’s result cut by USD 0.1 bn.As a result, Maersk said that initiatives have been taken to adjust Maersk Line’s network accordingly.All other business units maintain their result guidance. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Rightmove data suggests a testing time for house prices

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Beyond the headlines

first_imgFor a chancellor far more associated with spending cuts than handing out cash, George Osborne is perhaps surprisingly fond of a Budget speech. When he steps up to address the Commons next Wednesday, it will be the third time in seven months that he has done so for a major set piece announcement. This fact in itself has led to expectation that – aside from the small matter of locating the £12bn of cuts to the welfare bill that the Conservatives pledged during their election campaign – there will be little in the way of change, certainly as far as construction is concerned.However, although there are set to be a lot of restated, rather than new, investment commitments, the finer detail of Osborne’s statement will be closely watched by an industry whose recovery – as wavering output statistics demonstrate – is still prone to stalling.One obvious area where the sector needs to see progress is in relation to infrastructure, given the long-term certainty over investment needed for projects to go ahead, and the uncertainty surrounding several major programmes of work.The turmoil surrounding Network Rail’s £38bn programme of investment, and the delay in deciding how best to increase London’s airport capacity, means that progress on two of the biggest programmes of infrastructure development will be slow moving at best. This is, of course, of not inconsiderable concern to those working in that sector. But it is all the more disturbing because of the urgency of the need to upgrade the UK’s transport network, and the critical dependence on this network for wider development and growth.Against this backdrop, any movement on other programmes – including an expected boost of more than £100m seed funding for Crossrail 2 (see news page 10 and analysis page 22) – will take on even greater importance. This is particularly the case on transport links related to Osborne’s much touted “northern powerhouse”, given delays to Network Rail’s own programme of improvements through the Midlands and beyond. Any news on specific regional projects, or progress on longer-term schemes like HS3, will be a vital fillip to confidence for wider developments in regional economies.Given how central housing was to the Conservatives’ manifesto, we should also hope that Osborne moves forward with plans to enable delivery of more homes. With private housing development still spearheading the sector’s recovery, the industry will be rightly wary of any drag on the development of policies that are likely to face close scrutiny from housing developers and political stakeholders alike.There will also be close attention paid to any detail around the party’s repeated headline pledges to increase apprenticeships. And, while the overall pledge to cut spending leaves little scope for increases in areas such as school development, mounting need leaves the door open to the occasional shot in the arm for favoured programmes, particularly free schools.One area where the industry urgently needs support, but where it looks highly unlikely to get it, however, is on measures to drive the greening of the built environment.Despite this week’s warnings from the Committee on Climate Change that political inaction means the UK is failing to adequately mitigate against global warming, the recently announced sell-off of much of the government’s stake in the Green Investment Bank supports the idea that progress towards sustainability will come down to private sector, rather than public sector, leaders.In that regard, those hoping for more from the government look set to be disappointed. For the rest, however, there may be much to gain from looking beyond what are likely to be, by now, familiar headlines.Sarah Richardson, editorlast_img read more


Free website hack check

first_imgLaw Society members have been offered a free check to see if their online presence is vulnerable to website hacking. Attacks on websites are among the top three most commonly reported cybersecurity breaches, along with fraudulent emails and redirection to fraudulent websites. Types of hack range from simple defacement by so-called ‘hacktivists’ to data breaches, search-engine optimisation poisoning, ‘drive-by downloads’ of malware and viruses, and ‘crypto-jacking’ – the unauthorised mining of cryptocurrency on someone else’s website, a report published by the Law Society warned.  The Society has partnered with web security specialist SharkGate to offer members a free website security scan and discounts on SharkGate’s website service. Marc Roberts, cyber-strategy director at SharkGate said: ‘The question is not if, but when someone will attempt to hack your website. A data compromise can destroy the reputation of your business within minutes.’ Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: ‘More work is being done online and digitally than ever before and this has created new risks in the legal sector. This report and our partnership with SharkGate aim to ensure solicitors and firms understand these risks and have the tools they need to tackle them.’last_img read more


BMW Motorrad Malaysia Introduces Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty…

first_imgBMW R 1250 GS HP They are called Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty Extension. BMW Motorrad Malaysia rolled out exclusive aftersales programmes. BMW Motorrad Malaysia introduced three new aftersales care programmes called Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty Extension. The programmes cover new and existing BMW motorcycle customers in Malaysia.BMW Motorrad Engine Oil InclusiveThis first ever Engine Oil Inclusive programme has two options i.e. three years (or 30,000KM) or five years (or 50,000KM). The programme offers regular engine oil services which also includes BMW ADVANTEC genuine oil and filter replacement for all new and registered BMW motorcycles dated under 10 years from first registration. The maintenance history of the motorcycles should be in accordance to the recommended service intervals and performed at authorised BMW Motorrad dealerships in the country for the programme to be valid.BMW Motorrad Service InclusiveThe BMW Motorrad Service Inclusive programme offers an additional PLUS over and above the BMW Motorrad Engine Oil Inclusive programme. With Service Inclusive, customers are covered in terms of Valve Clearance Check, Fork Oil Check, Transmission Oil Change, Spark Plug replacement, Brake Fluid Change, Air Filter Change, CVT Belt Replacement, Fuel Filter Change and Rear Axle Oil Change. Programme options are also over a period of three years (or 30,000KM) or five years (or 50,000KM), and is also available for BMW motorcycles under 10 years from its date of first registration. Prior maintenance history of the motorcycle should also be in accordance to the recommended service intervals and performed at authorised BMW Motorrad dealerships.BMW Motorrad Warranty Extension The BMW Motorrad Warranty Extension programme offers an added extension of the manufacturer’s warranty after the expiration of the statutory warranty period, including corrective work repairs with BMW genuine parts. The add-on programme can be purchased as an additional one-year or two-year package above and beyond the manufacturer’s warranty, which was raised to a standard of three years for BMW motorcycles registered from January 1st, 2019.The programme is available on offer for new and registered motorcycles dated 90 days from its first registration, but excludes the BMW Motorrad offering of the Roadside Assistance programme introduced earlier this year.Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “A complete peace of mind ownership experience is the key to premium expression of a vehicle from the BMW Group. It is also how we differentiate ourselves to create value for our customers in the premium automotive industry.”Hoelzl added that the ownership experience beyond the purchase of the vehicle is as important as the moment of truth in the purchasing decision process. He said, “This is the very reason we have the best ownership experience in the industry, from the best service and warranty programme to the best customer experience programme which can be seen in our monthly Net Promoter Scores (NPS).”Owen Riley, Head of BMW Motorrad Malaysia said, “The new programmes are firsts in the Premium Motorcycle industry here in Malaysia.  They are backed by the same standards we have for BMW Motorrad worldwide and are on offer at all our authorised BMW Motorrad dealerships. The aim here is to look after our customers in all the areas of maintenance so that they can simply Make Life a Ride!” Recommended Retail Pricing for the First-Ever Service and Warranty Extension programmes are as per the attached price list. All programmes are also eligible to be financed completely from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia.For more information on the First-Ever Service and Warranty Programmes from BMW Motorrad Malaysia please visit–Ads– They offer BMW owners a complete peace of mind.last_img read more


Oliver Bjorkstrand Returns To Cleveland After Loan From Columbus; Dante Salituro Sent Down To Norfolk

first_img Eli Mooneyham CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Columbus Blue Jackets sent Oliver Bjorkstrand back down to Cleveland yesterday off of his loan last week. Also, Dante Salituro was sent down to Norfolk yesterday and will play in the ECHL for the time being. Below are the tweets from the Cleveland Monsters regarding the news. Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.center_img Related TopicsDante SalituroOliver Bjorkstrandlast_img read more


2017 — The Year That Was

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comPeople tend to become a bit reflective as a year begins to draw to a close, and that’s no exception inside the four walls of the Port Isabel – South Padre Press offices. So, what can I say about 2017? A lot happened this year. Some good, some bad. And some somewhere in between.Of course, there’s been the steady beat of the humdrum which can make the days and weeks slip past in a blur of the familiar and mundane: local government meetings, local elections, community events, recurring deadlines to meet, the cacophony of the 24-hour news cycle, rush hour traffic, 100-degree summer days, 90 degree winter days, and so much more.But there have also been more than a few things this past year which make time stand still for a moment, like that scene in The Matrix where the audience first sees Trinity facing a group of agents. Just as she hovers in the air, poised to deliver a powerful kick, the camera pans around her, allowing the audience an impossible view of every angle of the tableau.One of the first things that comes to mind for me was this year’s Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season. Things got started quickly, with the earliest nest on record to be found thus far. Ultimately, this year also saw the most nests ever found on the Island. And I got to be there on World Sea Turtle Day to witness 200 hatchlings make their way to the sea for the first time. That moment, with the rising sun painting the sky in rosy and golden tones as the hatchlings propelled themselves towards the glistening water, is etched indelibly in my mind.But then there were less pleasant moments, like in late August when we all watched local weather forecasts nervously as a hurricane of previously unbelievable proportions began to form out in the Gulf of Mexico. For several long days, everything about the storm was vexing for forecasters, from how strong it would ultimately be when it made landfall, to precisely where it would do so.We here in the Laguna Madre region were within its crosshairs for a while, until it veered north of us. Once that happened, all we could do was watch in mute horror as Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on almost all 367 miles of Texas coastline save our little corner.But, in tragedy, one will often find hope. And that was true here, as well. Within days, locals banded together to create relief drives, gathering supplies, boats, high clearance vehicles and volunteers to help our brothers and sisters to the north.Then, just earlier this month, as we all settled in for a typical weeknight, another weather-related phenomenon was making headlines — the possibility of snow. And sure enough, on a Friday morning bright with cold, snowflakes blanketed the entire Rio Grande Valley, from Star County to Laguna Vista. It was a pre-Christmas miracle where, again, time seemed to stand still. Everyone paused to enjoy it, and people both young and old got a chance to reconnect, however briefly, with their inner childlike sense of wonder. It was amazing.2017 just got here. Or at least, that how it feels to me. And already, we are bidding it farewell. It’s been one heck of an interesting year, but I’m ready to greet 2018. Happy new year, readers!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedCommittees continue Island beautificationBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS Summer is here and South Padre Island committees are in full swing trying to stay ahead of the rush. The various SPI committees are continuing in their missions and aiming to make immediate and long-term improvements from the beach to the bayside. The…June 17, 2016In “News”Ever-turning TideBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press It’s on everyone’s mind and it’s occupying almost every conversation: red tide. What is it? How bad is it? When will it go away? Can I still go to the beach? These are all questions I’ve been hearing out on the streets and…October 2, 2015In “News”Writer’s Block: Babies on BoardBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Pretty much everyone has heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Those five little words do so much to encapsulate the riot of spring and the new life it ushers in. Flowers aren’t the only bright new things that appear during this…April 29, 2016In “Editor’s Column”last_img read more


Indians Split a Pair of Spring Games; Top Angels 4-2, Fall to Giants 13-0

first_imgWednesday night the Indians split a pair of Cactus League decision, topping the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, at Goodyear Ballpark while taking a 13-0 loss across town against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.In Goodyear, the Tribe’s victory was powered by the bat of left fielder Jordan Luplow, who was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.Carlos Carrasco was solid, going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.Luplow connected for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and sealed the game with an RBI-single in the 6th after Carlos Santana (hitting .372 this spring) doubled to open the frame. Second basemen Max Moroff added an RBI-double in the three-run 1st. Right-handers Neil Ramirez, Dan Otero, Adam Cimber and Michael Peoples followed Carrasco with scoreless relief outings.Over in Scottsdale, Giants southpaw and former Indian Drew Pomeranz shutdown the Indians, going five innings of no-hit ball in the Giants runaway 13-0 win.Pomeranz walked four and struck out eight Indians in the win for the Giants. Leonys Martin picked up the Tribe’s first hit with a one-out single in the sixth. Jake Bauers, Roberto Perez and Connor Marabell also collected base knocks. The Indians lost second basemen Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the first when he left the game for precautionary reasons with right calf tightness.San Francisco held a 9-0 advantage by the end of the 4th and pushed the lead to 13-0 at the close of the 6th, as Adam Plutko struggled, taking the loss (3.2IP, 10H, 9R-ER, BB, 3SO, HR).Today the Tribe will take on the Texas Rangers in Surprise, AZ at 4:05pm Cleveland time. Mike Clevinger will make his fourth appearance/third start of the spring against lefty Drew Smyly for the Rangers. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio and aired on WMMS 110.7 FM, the Indians Radio Network and Berry-Tripp Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsAdam PlutkoCarlos CarrascoIndianscenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more


Spencer Picks the Browns: Week One

first_img Spencer German Related Topics2019 Cleveland BrownsBaker MayfieldfeaturedFreddie KitchensTennessee Titans Hey Cleveland! Happy first Sunday of the NFL season. Happy Browns home opener. Whatever you want to call today, it’s nice to have professional football back in our lives.Anyway lets me cut to the chase and tell you about this column. I was trying to think of a fun way to deliver Browns fans prediction for the game each and every week and this idea of “Spencer Picks the Browns” came to mind. It’s sort of self explanatory but basically this will be my weekly gameday column  to reveal my score prediction for the game. The one stipulation for me is, I’ll have to make my prediction in 200 words or less – aside from this week because this intro paragraph alone will cover my quota haha! Ideally I’ll wake up each gameday morning and get this up on the site and out on social media for your consumption. Hopefully I can generate some discussion on social media, get some predictions back in response and we can have a little fun leading up to kickoff.So without further ado, here’s the Week One edition of Spencer Picks the Browns…After an offseason of ballooning hype and expectations surrounding the Browns, the season opener is here as the Tennessee Titans get the first stab at this potential Browns juggernaut. For the Browns and fans, this is the first chance to see Freddie Kitchens in his role as head coach. What type of in game decisions will he make? Will his team practice what he’s preached all training camp? Those are things we’ll find out. We’ll also find out exactly how explosive this offense could be. I don’t think the OBJ injury will hinder him much today, but if it lingers into the thick of the season it’s more than a little unnerving.For the Titans, this is a make or break it year for Marcus Mariota, at least if he hopes to be a Titan beyond this season. Everyone’s excited about the Browns offense, but I’ve got my eyes on the Browns defensive line today. I think Mariota is gonna be running for his life without both Taylor Lewan and Kevin Pamphile. Browns win today, but it’s week one so I expect some sloppiness, to the point where they won’t cover the spread.Browns 21, Titans 17last_img read more